Most people don't know where to start, especially if they've never even been to a wedding before.
When you're looking for a Celebrant that will suit you there are a few things to keep in mind.
***You have to have your Notice of Intended Marriage (NOIM) lodged with your Celebrant at least ONE FULL MONTH before your wedding date along with your identification documents**** Your Celebrant will give you a form or you can download one from the Govt website.
1. Choose your date. A Celebrant will have bookings sometimes up to a couple of years ahead, so have a date in mind to start with. Your Celebrant will give you some options as well.
2. Where will you be? I have quite a few phone calls from people who are having there ceremony in a far off place. I'd be very happy to have a wee holiday and do you wedding, however you need to factor in the cost of travel etc. My advice is to seek out Authorised Celebrants in your chosen area first.
3. There isn't really any 'traditional' vows as such these days. Your Celebrant will help you compose your vows if you'd like, giving you options that suit you and your fiances personality and values. It's not as scary as you may think! Have a laugh - put in a funny bit.
4. The rehearsal isn't for going through the whole ceremony, vows and all. The rehearsal is to help you all feel more comfortable with what's going to happen, where people stand etc. and to show the flow of the ceremony. It honestly helps with your butterfly nerves on the day.
5. Afterwards, your wedding details will be uploaded onto the Government website and registered. You can ask the Celebrant to apply for the registration certificate if you want one or you can apply for one any time afterwards. Either way the Government often change their fees each financial year. At the moment 2019/2020 they are charging $60. Some Celebrants include this in their fees and some don't as it's not compulsory for you to have a copy.